While the Valencian sky was still grey and overcast, the asphalt was dry enough for slick tyres straight out the gate, although the dry line was narrow to begin with. Regardless of the improved conditions, Jack Miller remained the fastest man on track, although the lead changed hands all throughout FP2 and it all came down to the final flying laps. Aleix Espargaro put together a fine final lap to come within a tenth of a second of the lead and nearly two tenths faster than Franco Morbidelli, who enjoyed a late off road adventure.
Takaaki Nakagami added a Honda to the mix in fourth position, three tenths off the lead and narrowly ahead of Pol Espargaro. The KTM man was the provisional leader during the time attack but got pushed back to fifth in the closing stages, as the last rider within half a second of the leader. Alex Rins was the lead Suzuki rider in sixth, with Brad Binder making a late jump into seventh position. Andrea Dovizioso briefly saw his name in the top three but dropped to eighth late on, while title rival Fabio Quartararo steadily fought his way into the top ten.
Joan Mir looked like he was out of the combined top ten when the checkered flag waved but a late yellow flag infringement for Cal Crutchlow allowed the world championship leader back into the top ten. With news breaking of Maverick Vinales’ pitlane start for using an extra engine, the Spaniard won’t be too bothered by 11th position on the combined standings, eight tenths off the leader.
Notable mentions go to Danilo Petrucci, who looked fast throughout the session but a late crash at turn 14 dropped him to 18th, and Garrett Gerloff who was as high as 5th on his first (and possibly only) day on Valentino Rossi’s machine.